Free in Colorado
At an altitude of 4,597 feet, Grand Junction is warm in the summer and moderate in spring, fall and winter with more than 275 days of sunshine each year. Free things to do include seeing art sculptures and dinosaur bones, and taking a scenic drive.
Check out these 9 free activities for an affordable family vacation.
1. Wine Tasting
The Grand Valley is home to over 20 wineries with tasting rooms that are open year round for free tastings. Pick up a map at the Grand Junction Visitor Center (located at 740 Horizon Drive) and experience the excitement of discovering Colorado’s Wine Country.
2. Art on the Corner
Stroll along Main Street and view over 100 sculptures created by both local and national artists. This unique outdoor sculpture exhibit features a variety of works, introducing viewers to many streams of artistic approaches from bronze casting to junk-yard miracles.
3. Three Scenic Byways in the Grand Junction Area
There is no better time to view spectacular scenery on one of the three scenic byways near Grand Junction: Grand Mesa Scenic & Historic Byway (Highway 65); Unaweep/Tabeguache Scenic & Historic Byway; and Dinosaur Diamond Scenic & Historic Byway.
4. Riverfront Trails
Whether you enjoy walking, rollerblading, or biking, the local trail system along the Colorado River is easily accessible. Several miles of paved trails are available along the river and have various access points. The river trails pass through cottonwood groves, wetlands, cattail marshes, around ponds and lakes, and across islands.
5. View Wild Horses
Use the Bureau of Land Management’s map for a self-guided tour of the Little Bookcliffs Wild Horses Range. Some of the best opportunities for catching a glimpse of the wild horses are in the Indian Park entrance in the North Soda area. For more information, call 970-244-3000.
6. View Dinosaur Bones
Riggs Hill Trail, Dinosaur Hill or “Trail Through Time”, each provide opportunities to see actual dinosaur bone fossils in their natural state.
7. Mountain Biking
The Grand Valley is home to some of the best mountain biking areas in the United States. The 142 mile Tabeguache Trail winds through the mesas, canyons, and highlands of the Uncompahgre Plateau, stretching from Grand Junction south to Montrose. Another 142 mile trail, the Kokopelli, is a network of single track and jeep roads that begin near Fruita and end in Moab, UT. Between Loma and Rabbit Valley Drive, there are several trails and loops for the beginner or experienced biker. The adobe ridges of the Bookcliffs have been featured many times in mountain biking publications and videos and offer challenging singletrack trails in a desert environment.
8. Float Trip
Enjoy the beauty of the canyons from the bottom up on your own private raft or canoe. No permit is required to float the section of the Colorado River from Grand Junction, CO west of Westwater, UT. For more information, call 970-244-3000.
Grand Junction offers hiking trails for everyone from paved Riverfront sidewalk trails to rugged backcountry treks through the Bookcliffs or Grand Mesa.